This is an addition to my previous posts about terrible baseball commentary. You guys keep posting things, and it is making my rants about bad announcing and writing fall lower on the blog. I won't let this issue die.
I found this last piece of commentary on the Brewerfan.net message board. My visit to the page started out with some hilarity. I find out that the team has waived Durrington, Santos, Magruder, Santana, and Luis Pena. I question the Santana move, but am pleased. Then I see someone make this new post asking what everyone's favorite Chris Magruder moment was. The original poster is really serious, as apparently he liked Magruder. He states that his favorite moment was "August 10, 2004, Chris Magruder hits a go-ahead home run to beat the Atlanta Braves." Okay, Magruder did have one good moment in his time with the Crew. But, here's the hilarious part...SIX minutes after the original post, some smartass has already responded with "October 7th, 2005. Chris Magruder outrighted." Clearly he beat me to the punch, but that is hilarious!
Anyway, so I keep strolling down and find a link to some jackass at CNNSI's most recent analysis of the Podsednik/Lee trade: http://p092.ezboard.com/fbrewersfandemoniumfrm3.showMessage?topicID=9852.topic
As you can see, he starts the article off very well. He acknowledges that Lee is the better offensive player and that the Sox's offense has not been as good without him. All is good, right? I guess not.
Why in the world does he end with this butt nugget..."Don't get me wrong. I am a huge proponent of what Pods and players like him (Juan Pierre, Brett Butler) bring to the table every day -- defense, contact hitting, speed -- as opposed to the every-fourth-day big blasts by guys like Lee. I'm willing to look past what these newfangled metrics (that are slanted toward burly sluggers anyway) are telling me and accept things based on what I see in the real world. Are you?"
Um, WHAT?! Oh yes, those are slanted towards burly sluggers, aren't they? Hmmm, how interesting. I wonder why they are. May I take a wild guess? Here it is: Is it because those big, burly sluggers help teams score runs? I must be stupid. It couldn't be that easy, could it? Who cares about runs? Luft points out that Podsednik was worth about 16 more runs defensively than Lee. Okay, I buy that. But that does not change the metric from saying that Lee was almost three times more valuable than Podsednik, does it? So, those 16 runs that Podsednik saved were the reason that the White Sox gave up almost 200 less runs this season. Yup. That's obvious. Hey, Luft, you are the one using the stat. Don't use it if it makes you look stupid!
And what in the world is up with this "I don't want a guy that only helps the team every-fourth game?" Carlos Lee is not Rob Fucking Deer. Does this mother fucker not understand that Lee had just as good of a batting average as Podsednik? Did Lee not get hits and walks in those other three games? Furthermore, when Lee did hit those home runs, how the fuck much did that help?! And here is the part that really pisses me off. Even if this guy has a hard-on for players like Brett Butler, who I think is dead, and Juan Pierre (the contact hitters), Podsednik is NOT ONE OF THEM, at least not as much as the player he is bashing, Lee! What the fuck! Lee had 87 strikeouts in 618 ABs this year. Podsednik had 75 K in 507 AB. This is the EXACT problem with people judging on "what they see in the real world." The mind makes foolish leaps based on small sample sizes and its own biases. This is the most frequent bias, "this guy cannot hit for power, he must be Tony Gwynn. This guy hits for power, he probably can't do anything else. This team is good, that player must be good. That team is bad, that player must be bad and a clubhouse cancer." With the exception of defense, which Lee is not that bad himself, Lee does everything better than Podsednik, including baserunning.
This is just plain ignorance. Luft has written his whole life about stupid shit, and he is not about to change now, despite the statistical boom in baseball. His last remaining defense to the statistics that question his life's work..."I don't want home runs only every fourth day." I just cannot figure out what that means. I have a complete inability to see what his point is. Please, someone take his side of the argument. At least morons like Kruk and Morgan had major league careers, and in Morgan's case, a great one. They aren't losers, but Jacob Luft sure as shit is.
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